Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Civil Rights is seeking stakeholder input on potential guidance, modifications or revisions regarding the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program (i.e., 49 C.F.R. part 23). The intent is to clarify, reduce regulatory burdens, and enhance the overall implementation of the program.

Over the course of 2019, the FAA hosted several stakeholder listening sessions. We received valuable and insightful input from the public relating to major areas of 49 C.F.R. part 23. While the FAA does not have any further listening sessions scheduled in the near future, we are still seeking feedback.

Please feel free to submit any comments in reference to the ACDBE Program in writing to

Thank you in advance. Your input is critical to enhancing the overall implementation of the ACDBE Program.

Review the Part 23 Listening Sessions Presentations.

General Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is implemented by recipients of DOT Federal Financial Assistance. Recipients are primarily state highway, transit, and airport agencies that receive funds subject to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 26 (49 CFR 26). A similar program (49 CFR 23) for airport concession DBEs (ACDBE), is mandated by 49 U.S.C. 47107(e). The ACDBE program was originally enacted in 1987 and most recently amended in 2012.

Federal regulations

Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Essentials

Prompt Payment

Small Business Program Element

Airport Disadvantaged Business Partners